Young children need executive functions every day beginning now and all throughout adulthood. Ellen Galinsky highlights seven essential skills that help children develop executive functions. I continue my focus on Galinsky’s skills this month by exploring skills two and three; perspective taking and communicating.

Next time you are having a challenging time with one of your students, ask yourself what...

Think about a typical weekday morning before your students arrive to your classroom. You might put the chairs out, answer emails, meet with a parent, and chat with colleagues. These tasks become so routine that we may even feel programmed--almost like that feeling you get when you arrive to a destination and think, “How did I get here?” When you take a moment to reflect on the skills needed to accompl...

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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